Briella TomassettiJun 22, 2018, 7:37 pm

Youngest Nassau legislature member wants to fight bullying

24-year-old wants to be an advocate for young people

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MINEOLA — Joshua Lafazan is sponsoring legislation that would create an "anti-bullying" website in conjunction with Nassau County police and the Nassau County Dept. of Health and Human Services. The website would define and identify bullying, show signs that someone is being bullied, and provide bullying prevention tips. The 24-year-old is the youngest person in the county's legislature and says he wants to be a voice for other young people.

"Bullying has gotten worse," he says. "Not only with the scourge of social media where bullying is now immortalized and amplified and where bullying used to end at the schoolhouse doors at 3 p.m, now it's a 24-hour cycle."

The bill will be presented to a committee on Monday. If it is approved, it will go to the full Nassau County legislature on July 9. The legislation follows the lead of Suffolk, which already created its own county website to advocate against bullying.

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